After celebrating the Fifteenth Anniversary in June, the Southeastern Piano Festival Directors look forward to the planning and preparation of the 2018 festival. “Celebrating 15 years of music making in 2017 was unforgettable. Every concert that week was special from Frederic Chiu’s unexpected ‘face-off’ pairing of Debussy and Prokofiev, to Vadym Kholodenko’s mesmerizing Scriabin and the show-stopping brilliance of Anderson and Roe’s performance”, says Marina Lomazov, the Festival’s Artistic Director.
In 2018, audiences and participants can expect an exciting line-up of guest artists to follow the fifteenth year. “We are thrilled to present a diverse array of guest artists for the 2018 Festival. From Simone Dinnerstein performing the Bach Goldberg Variations, to masterclasses with the legendary John Perry, we are looking forward to an inspiring week of artistry”, says Program Director Joseph Rackers. The festival will take place in Columbia, at the University of South Carolina School of Music, from June 17-23, 2018.
Presenting evening concerts this year are Charlie Albright, who was named Artist-in-Residence for Harvard University’s Leverett House, a position last filled by cellist Yo-Yo Ma; Antonio Pompa – Baldi, who appears regularly at the world’s major concert venues like New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, Milan’s Sala Verdi, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre, and Boston’s Symphony Hall; Simone Dinnerstein, whose Goldberg Variations CD ranked No. 1 on Billboard classical chart in 2007 in its first week of release, and Lera Auerbach, a Russian-American composer, concert pianist, poet and visual artist, who has become one of today’s most innovative and creative voices.
SEPF is also proud to present an array of masterclasses and lectures from such sought-after master teachers such as Rebecca Penneys, Professor Emerita of Piano at the Eastman School of Music and founder/director of the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, John Perry, currently Professor of Piano at Glenn Gould School in Toronto and California State University Northridge and Professor Emeritus of the USC Thornton School of Music, and Sasha Starcevich, who has given recitals at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Windsor Castle, and in London’s Wigmore Hall and whose students routinely take top prizes in some of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions, including first prize at MTNA National, first prize at e-Competition, first prize at Young Concert Artists, and first prize at Roslyn Turek Bach Competition.